Beauty Inspiration: Lana Del Ray in Born to Die Music Video

The liner, the lipstick, the flower headband…sheer perfection.
Oh yeah, and the song is too.

Polish Up Your Act

Recently I’ve been channeling my inner Essie and have sported at least a manicure a day.  Maybe it’s the nail polish fumes getting to me, but suddenly my collection seems far less extensive (under 50 colors?  How have I survived for so long?).  Enter: drugstore nail polish.  Cheap, easy, and (moderately) affordable, I’ve been on a bit of a binge as of late.  Just picking up a few new colors here and there, harmless retail therapy.

But OHMYGOSH it’s all paid off (well, not literally…I’m a little broke at the moment), because I’ve found my new favorite polish, possibly of all time: Revlon Nail Enamel in Gold Coin.

I’ve had bad experiences with Revlon nail polishes in the past.  I found their formula too thick and sticky; I’m the type of person that likes multiple thin layers (because you’re so interested in my polish layering preferences).  But maybe it’s something to do with the metallics (I’ve only ever tried matte pastels in the past), but the formula in Gold Coin is even better than my old favorite, OPI!  It goes on thin but pigmented, and lasts a hella long time…even without a clear coat on top.

I’m so obsessed, I’ve taken to painting it onto one finger while a YouTube video buffers and then gazing at it lovingly as it shines in the light.

If you happen to be in a Shoppers (or Walgreens, or Boots, just fill in your favorite drugstore destination), pick it up.  It’s worth it.

I’ve used it to recreate those black nails seen on the runways, the ones with the gold tips?  It looks crazy cool with jeans and a band t-shirt, a look I’ve been sporting to bring out my inner bad girl (read: previous FOTD).


I started by actually rolling out of bed, looking in the mirror warily, and then being surprised at the state of my hair.  No cowlicks!  That annoying grown-out side bang wasn’t dangling in a weird way!  The day before, I’d used a curling iron to create waves, and lo and behold, they looked even better after eight hours with my pillow!  With an extra surge of confidence, I did the obvious skin-care steps: cleanse, moisturize, you know the drill.  Then…

1.  I started with the black eyeliner because I was overly excited and The Black Keys were playing on my speakers.  I used Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow & Eye Pencil, 0.99$ in black and traced my upper lash lines, smudging with my Body Shop Smudger (a Q-Tip would also do just fine).  Then I lined my waterlines and smudged that in too.  I love Wet n Wild liners because they’re so cheap and reliable, and is’t it great that you could walk in and get every single color for the price of one Urban Decay Glide-On?

2.  I finished the eye look off with a swipe of black mascara (Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in Black, 15.00$)  See how simple it is?  If you can’t put on black eyeliner I don’t know what you’re doing reading a beauty blog.  Sorry.  If you can’t, still keep reading.  I can’t afford to lose what few readers I have.  Carry on.

3.  I then started on my face.  I used MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose, 27.50$ CA to tackle my under eye circles (because even Joan Jett should look like she’s had a good night’s sleep).  Lately I’ve been using it in place of my standby YSL Touche Eclat, and I’m loving the pigment, yo!  My one complaint: too much sparkle.  Listen, I know it’s a highlighter, but I’m not going for a vampire in Twilight, you know?  (Sorry I had too.)

4.  I used Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer, 15.50$ on any pimples, and blended out the edges with my finger.

5.  I didn’t use any powder because I didn’t need it (read: my forehead wasn’t oily) but dusted my cheeks with a generous helping of Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush, $21 (say it five times fast).

6.  Finally, I finished with just a swipe of my favorite balm, Love & Toast Lip Balm in Vanilla Chai, 9.00$.  Et voila!

As you can probably tell, I’ve been in a bit of a Clinique rut lately.  What can I say, their products are like the mailman: they always deliver.  (Ohmygosh, that was terrible.  What has gotten into me lately?!)

Marilyn Monroe is the easy answer to a question like “Who is your beauty icon?”  She had it all: the platinum blonde hair, the full red lips, cat eyes that caused women to fight with their husbands if a man was caught dead looking too long.
But after seeing My Week With Marilyn, I can see that she didn’t actually radiate the confidence that is the reason why so many people call her an icon.  In fact, insecurity ran deep in her blood.  But the thing I admire about Marilyn in her connection with herself.  She knew exactly what she wanted and how to get it.  She knew who was staring.  She knew her dress was a little too tight.  She knew, and if she cared, she didn’t show it until she was back home.

Cinna’s gold eyeliner!  I just watched the Hunger Games and it’s nothing if not Beauty Inspiration (and the hardest movie to get in in the city…).
I have a sudden urge to to a side braid on my hair…

Beauty Inspiration

How amazing does Emma Watson look in this picture?! I’m using it today as an inspiration for a girly look that will transition easily from work to volunteer to play



Blog Love

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